Co-operation Ireland and the IRFU Charitable Trust join forces to commemorate 100th anniversary of Battle of the Somme and Easter Rising
Co-operation Ireland and the IRFU Charitable Trust have launched a joint fundraising event, which will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Battle of the Somme and the 1916 Easter Rising.
Known as the Entwined Histories Challenge, it involves a 450km cycle or a 100km walk around the historic memorial sites in Dublin City and Northern France from 23 to 29 May 2016. The challenge was named after a Co-operation Ireland project, which allows school pupils to examine and compare different interpretations of our shared history, encouraging dialogue & positive remembrance.
The proceeds from the event will be split between the two charities. The IRFU Charitable Trust supports players who have been severely injured whilst playing the game that means so much to them and their fellow countrymen. The money will support them and their families who care for their needs so they can lead as fulfilling a life as possible.
Co-operation Ireland works to promote and encourage interaction, dialogue, and practical collaboration between the peoples of Northern Ireland and between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The money Co-operation Ireland receives will support its Youth Leadership programme, which aims to help build positive futures for young people who have the potential to be leaders in their community but vulnerable to involvement in high-risk and criminal activity.
Former Irish International and supporter of the IRFU Charitable Trust, Mick Quinn, commented on the Challenge :
“This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the shared history of the island of Ireland 100 years on from the dramatic and tragic events of 1916 and the Battle of the Somme, and at the same time raise funds for two very worthy causes.”
Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland, Peter Sheridan said :
“Co-operation Ireland is delighted to be able to join forces with the IRFU Charitable Trust to stage a highly symbolic Commemorative Walk and Cycle Challenge in May 2016. Both Co-operation Ireland and the IRFU Charitable Foundation are committed to promoting this important commemoration in a totally inclusive and respectful manner. It promises to be an historic occasion, totally in keeping with the ethos of both charities in understanding our shared history and reconciling our future with respect and friendship”.